SELECTING A SITE
Your bamboo will grow in most types of soil, but the better the soil then the better the growth. Bamboo enjoys good amounts of water but does not like to soak in it for long, so be sure the area of choice has proper drainage and does not allow for standing water for long periods of time.
PLANTING YOUR BAMBOO
Whenever your area is ready for planting, dig a hole the depth of the root ball with a 6-12″ diameter greater than that of the root ball. Add compost along with the root ball to ensure natural fertilization. When covering the hole, be sure to eliminate all air pockets by tamping the soil softly then water well. An additional layer on top, 2-3″ deep, of mulch will help control weeds and keep soil moist. The first 6-months to a year, be sure that the bamboo has sufficient water, as droughts may be possible. If you are expected to have high winds, stake the plants until after the first year of growth.
Bamboo grows with little maintenance and care. In the first 6-months of your bamboo’s life, use well composted natural compost or liquid fertilizer. For extra growth-after the first year-add regular fertilizer or good compost. You want to use a balanced or high nitrogen mixture in February and then again in June. Follow up in September with a 1-2-2 fertilizer to ensure protection through the fall and winter.